Buying used Toyota Corolla Altis in India (2018-2021)

Soham Thakur

Fit: Reliability and comfort

Pay close attention, beware, be careful: Body damage, brake wear

In today’s SUV era, cars are often overlooked. However, the Corolla Altis is a sedan that is world-renowned for being extremely reliable and comfortable. If you want something other than an SUV, it is a great choice for the used car market. However, before you take the plunge, you should know some information about Toyota Corolla Altis.

As a competitor to models such as Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla Altis has undergone a facelift in 2017, bringing a more stylish styling. The front end of the car has been modified, with new alloy wheels and an externally adjusted rear end. The interior has also been updated in the form of an improved instrument panel, with new round side air conditioners, new air conditioning controls, new trims and new touch screens.

Altis received adjusted LED taillights and new alloys in the 2017 facelift.

The Corolla Altis has always been a comfortable car, and the 2017 iteration is no exception. The front and rear seats are spacious and comfortable. The rear leg room is generous, and the rear seats can also be lowered. The rear seats can be further flipped down at a ratio of 40:60 to expand the cargo space of 470 liters.

The 2017 Corolla Altis offers two engine options. There is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline engine that can output 140 horsepower and 173 Nm of torque. The gasoline engine can be equipped with a 6-speed manual or a 7-stage CVT automatic transmission. Another engine option is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine, which produces 88 horsepower and 205 Nm. The Corolla Altis diesel engine is only equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission.

The refined gasoline engine, coupled with the smooth CVT, really increases the comfort experience provided by this car.

In terms of mileage, the official ARAI rated fuel efficiency figure of the Altis gasoline manual is 16.7kpl, and the gasoline-CVT version is said to be 16.7kpl. The rated power of the diesel Corolla Altis is 21.3kpl.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla Altis is available in three trim levels (G, GL and VL), with a total of six variants. Diesel only provides G and GL trim, while top VL only provides gasoline car form. In terms of equipment, the top Corolla Altis VL is equipped with functions such as LED headlights with daytime running lights, LED taillights, 7.0-inch touch screen infotainment system with navigation, voice recognition and MirrorLink connection, automatic climate control, artificial leather interiors, etc. . Electric adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, automatic dimming rearview mirror, electric folding and adjustable rearview mirror and rearview camera.

In terms of safety, Altis VL is equipped with seven airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, hill start assist and vehicle stability control. However, it still missed some of the equipment acquired by its competitors, such as sunroofs, two-zone climate control, ventilated seats and front parking sensors.

There are high-quality materials inside; the two-tone interior makes the cabin full of vitality.

Choosing the right product for you will ultimately depend on the usage. Diesel will provide you with better fuel economy data. However, this engine is not the most refined and can be heard in the cabin. The Corolla Altis equipped with a gasoline automatic power system will help you see the car in its best condition. The refined gasoline engine, coupled with the smooth CVT, really increases the comfort experience provided by this car.

As we all know, Toyota is reliable, and so is the Corolla Altis. In addition, spare parts are always available, even if it is now discontinued, and with Toyota’s extensive service network across the country, you should have a peace of mind owning experience.

Buyer, beware…

Physical injury

Check for any damage to the body panels or lights of the car you are looking at. As an executive car, these parts are not cheap to replace on the Corolla Altis.

Brake pad wear

Take a test drive and check if the car makes a harsh sound when braking, as this is a sign of brake pad wear. Especially check those on the automatic version, as they tend to wear the brakes earlier than the manual version.


During the test drive, check whether the car goes offline smoothly. Also make sure that it upshifts and downshifts seamlessly without any bumps. Although it is not a common problem, a few car owners have encountered some problems with CVT gearboxes.

Also worth knowing

Some owners of gasoline-automatic vehicles complain about poor fuel economy, especially in cities. Before you buy, this is worth keeping in mind.

How much does it cost

10-1.4 lakh rupees

Depending on the engine-gearbox combination and variants, buying a second-hand Toyota Corolla Altis at a price of Rs 10-1.4 million represents good value for money. As Toyota, Altis still has a good resale value. However, since this is a discontinued model, you can try to bargain and lower the price.

Fact file
Production Year 2017-2020
New product price From 1.587 million rupees (ex-showroom, Delhi)
engine 4-cylinder, 1798cc, gasoline/4-cylinder, 1364cc, turbo diesel
strength 140/88 horsepower
Torque 173/205 Nm
Boot space 470 liters
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